Self-care is all about the habits that help you nurture your health and well-being. It is not a single act that makes you feel good but rather a commitment to a lifestyle that nourishes your brain, body, and soul. It is putting ‘yourself’ closer to the top of your priority list.
When it comes to juggling a busy schedule, it is the little things that go first. We often start spending less time with friends and family, along with exercise and healthy eating. However, letting go off self-care from your schedule is the worst thing you can do to yourself.
You may hear this a lot: life is about balance. The reason you hear it so often is because it is true. There are different ways to practice self-care in your daily life.
1. Schedule It – If you don’t make time for self-care, you probably won’t find the time for it. Make self-care a non-reschedulable appointment with yourself. Schedule it in your calendar and set reminders if you need to. For example, block off 20 mins in the morning to do some exercise and 20 mins at night to read. When you plan ahead and schedule self-care, it becomes easier to fit it into your days.
2. Keep a simple routine – Avoid thinking self-care is just another thing on your plate to. Remember that it doesn’t have to be lengthy, complicated, or cost money. The whole point of having a daily self-care routine is to help you recharge and relax, so make it as simple as you need it to be to fit into your lifestyle. If it means a few minutes when you spend with yourself alone doing nothing and talking to nobody.
3. Do things you love – If you’re only doing something because everybody else is doing it but you personally don’t enjoy doing it, the more likely it is that you won’t commit to it. The key to sticking to your self-care routine is finding activities that you love and that you look forward to at the end of a long day.
To create a daily self-care routine that works for you and your lifestyle, try experimenting with different things that light you up and make you happy. Try new things and find what works for you. Remember, your self-care routine should be tailored to you and you alone.